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Is he a comedian?

Who's Glenn Beck? Is he a journalist-turned or preacher-turned comedian? http://nyti.ms/9T0qkL

"With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Mr. Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN's Headline News channel in early 2009, is capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans. " http://nyti.ms/9T0qkL

Could you describe the exact characteristics of the "alienated class of Americans?" What do they want and do not want? Does the "alienated class of Americans" belong to the vanishing middle class or not?

Der Spiegel: US middle class vanishing http://bit.ly/brvoBF
The Erosion of America's Middle Class http://bit.ly/dDsqPj

I found the following analysis by Ross Douthat interesting. I hope that Beck's "Restoring Honor" is not related to the anti-Islam hysteria and anti-government rhetoric of some "fundamentalists."

"It[Beck's `Restoring Honor`] was a long festival of affirmation for middle-class white Christians — square, earnest, patriotic and religious. "
"For a weekend, at least, Beck proved that he can conjure the thrill of a culture war without the costs of combat, and the solidarity of identity politics without any actual politics. If his influence outlasts the current election cycle, this will be the secret of his success."
http://nyti.ms/aFglnr

Take a look at this. "Glenn Beck's 'Honor' rally: What you missed" http://bit.ly/aBkrSK

Can he be called a comedian? Someone said, "Although he is entertaining, he is serious in the content he reports. He is great!" I don't think he is entertaining. http://bit.ly/aKNVgT

"Mr. Kohn also distinguished the latest recession from previous ones. 'It didn’t begin with the Fed slamming the brakes on the economy,' he said. 'It began when the economy collapsed under the weight of the housing bubble — and then you had the panic over losses that resulted from the bubble’s collapse'.” http://nyti.ms/a8yL6f
I don't know how he is going to comment on this as an "opinion journalist," if he is not a comedian?

"Banks, mortgage brokers, rating agencies, and homebuilders all acted badly. "
"Without clear government ground rules, capitalism becomes anarchy and cronyism."
---"What Kind of Capitalism?" Peter Dreier http://huff.to/cvAtaC

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